Xiaomi has launched ShareSave app in India, a platform for buying products from China

Xiaomi has launched a new e-commerce app that will let you purchase its devices and products that are only available in China. Xiaomi’s aim is to expand the reach of its ecosystem products.

The ShareSave app is first launching in India with more markets to follow later. Some of the e-commerce giants might already carry some of these products, but the cost of importing them has to be borne the customer. The ShareSave app has a unique approach to buying goods with plenty of opportunities to save on the cost of the product.

How much you’ll save will depend on the purchase mode. “Pair-up” will get you and another friend a discount for buying another of the same item. “Drop” mode lets you save up to the entire cost of the item if you can get enough of your friends in on the group buy. Finally, “Kickstart” lets you contribute an amount to a startup item so you can get up to 10 times the amount back when the item is fully funded.

Since the platform just launched, all the products might not be available immediately. If you’re one of the early adopters, you can already download the ShareSave app from the Play Store if you’re in India and check out the products they offer.

You can download the app from Google Play store from here.

Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ One UI beta Program registrations are open now

It was only a matter of time before it happened and now it has. Samsung has opened up registrations for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ One UI beta program.

Registrations for the Galaxy S8 and Galaxy S8+ One UI beta program are now open through the Samsung Members app. Those who are interested can now apply to get a place in the program. The beta firmware versions are G950FXXU4ZSA5 for the Galaxy S8 and G955FXXU4ZSA5 for the Galaxy S8+.

The Galaxy S8 One UI beta brings Android 9 Pie. Google’s latest iteration of its mobile OS brings several new features. Going by Samsung’s update cycle, a stable build would come by March 2019.

Apple Maps turn-by-turn navigation is now available in India

Turn-by-turn navigation has been a major missing piece of the puzzle ever since the service went live in India back in 2012. The initial release did not even show directions for many years, and only had the most rudimentary mapping data.

While the mapping data improved over the years, with many of the establishments, businesses, and important locations now being marked on the map, at least in the big cities, and even directions showing up eventually, turn-by-turn navigation was still missing.

As of this week, the feature has been enabled and works as well as you’d expect it to from Apple Maps. It’s still pretty rough a lot of the routes are not at all ideal or even viable at times, so it’s best not to rely on it completely. However, the feature should improve as more and more people use it.

With turn-by-turn navigation, you also get cab service integration. If you enter the location you want to head to, the app will show you rides from popular cab services such as Uber and Ola, with the different fare prices. If you click on the app icon, it will open that app with the destination entered and ready to go. I couldn’t get Uber to show its rides within Apple Maps but Ola seemed to work fine.

What’s missing still is transport information, so you can’t find out how to reach a place using the bus or the train. There’s also no Flyover support yet, a feature which shows a 3D view of the area. However, this is not a particularly important feature.

The feature has been live for a few days now and requires no update from the user.

TomTom released Android Navigation app for India

TomTom has announced that its Android Navigation app has been released in Google Play for the Indian market. The app carries a price-tag of INR 2050 and will compete with the likes of Sygic Navigation (paid) and Google Maps Navigation (free).

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Features of TomTom Navigation app:

– TomTom Offline Maps. Maps are stored on your smartphone – so you can plan a new route, get re-routed, or search for points of interest. Without needing data coverage.

– FREE Lifetime Maps. Always drive with the latest map and get to your destination faster. Download 4 or more full updates every year for the life of your app.

– IQ Routes. The fastest routes, the most accurate and reliable arrival times at all times of day.

– Landmark Navigation. Wherever you need to be, search for the nearest landmark and let TomTom show you the route.

– Mapcode support. The middle of nowhere no longer exists. Drive to any destination within meters using its mapcode. For more info see http://www.mapcode.com

– Advanced Lane Guidance. Gives you extra clarity when navigating difficult junctions. Merge, exit and change lanes with confidence.

– Spoken Street Names. Helping you to keep your eyes on the road, spoken instructions now include street names, to make turnings even clearer.

– Multitasking support. Clear turn-by-turn guidance while on the phone.

– Seamless Integration. Integrates easily with your Android smartphone contacts.

Other features:
– Landscape/portrait orientation option
– 2D/3D driving view
– Automatic day & night mode
– Clear voice instructions
– Automatic music fading
– Fast route recalculation
– Multi-stop routes
– See http://www.tomtom.com/navigation/android for full feature descriptions

Samsung SM-Z9005 Tizen smartphone spotted, to come with HD display, Snapdragon chipset: Report

According to a report by SamMobile that cites a Dutch report, a new device, SM-Z9005 has been spotted on the UAProf (User Agent Profile) string on the company’s mobile website. The alleged Tizen-based SM-Z9005 will reportedly come with a 720p HD display, however the screen size has not been revealed, yet. It is likely to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with Krait cores but right now it is not clear if it will be a dual core or a quad core processor.

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The report also points out that the Tizen smartphone, SM-Z9005 may come with specifications similar to the company’s 2012 flagship, the Galaxy S III. Moreover, the site expects the device to be unveiled sometime in October or November.

Samsung officially announced that it was integrating its Bada OS into Tizen, a few months back. After integration of its Bada OS into Tizen, Samsung has reportedly been working on the devices running the new OS.

Google Maps gets real-time incident reports from Waze for Android and iOS

The Waze and Google Maps teams are working together to harness the power of Google technology and the passion of the Waze community to make it easier to navigate your daily life.

 
Users of Google Maps for Mobile will now benefit from real time incident reports from Waze users. This means when Wazers report accidents, construction, road closures and more on Waze, the updates will also appear on the Google Maps app for Android and iOS in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, France, Germany, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Switzerland, UK and the US.

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The Waze community will also benefit from two new features. First, the Android and iOS versions of the app have been updated with Google Search. Wazers will now have access to even more search results when navigating. Google Search joins other search providers making it easy to find favorite businesses and any local address.

In addition, after a successful beta test, the Waze Map Editor now includes Google Street View and satellite imagery to build out the map and make it easier to correct map errors reported by the community. For more information, visit the Waze blog.

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The Waze and Google collaboration will bring lots of stuff like this. Stay tuned for more updates.

Videocon A42 with Android 4.2 & 4.5-inch display for INR 7,490 launched in India

Videocon Mobiles has announced the launch of a new Android smartphone in the Indian market today, named as Videocon A42, the smartphone runs on Android 4.2.2 and packs a 4.5-inch FWVGA display.

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Key Specifications of Videocon A42 are listed below:

  • 4.5-inch FWVGA Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Processor
  • 4 GB ROM + 512 MB RAM
  • 5MP Rear Camera & 1.3 MP front camera
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1700 mAh battery
  • 3.75G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi & GPRS Edge for easy web access
  • FM Radio with Recording
  • Expandable Memory upto 32GB
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • V Connect for getting links of popular apps like Facebook, WhatsApp etc.
  • Preloaded Apps like Saavn, Hungama & Fun Zone

Sony Honami press shot leaked, will be called Xperia Z1

Sony’s frequently leaked cameraphone codenamed Honami could be officially named Xperia Z1. The rumor comes from a recognized XDA-Developers user, who has provided some leaks regarding past Xperia devices.

Additionally, a few press shots of the Xperia Z1 popped in today, but they are sadly rather low in resolution. The renders reveal that the phone is going to be available in three colors – white, black and purple. The other thing they portrays is the glass back of the phone, reminiscent of the original Xperia Z.

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To refresh your memory, the Xperia Z1 (Honami) packs the powerful Snapdragon 800 chipset with Adreno 330 GPU and quad-core Krait 400 CPU. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sony’s Xperia UI on top. As with many of the Sony high-end smartphones for 2013, the Xperia Z1 (Honami) is also expected to be water resistant.

The Sony Xperia Z1 will debut on September 4 at a pre-IFA event in Berlin.

[Deal] Contract free Nokia Lumia 620 is now available for $99.99

Nokia’s mid-range smartphone, the Lumia 620 is now available for a cheap price tag of $99.99 from Aio Mobile. At the above pricing, the device comes to you without any prior commitments, but the smartphone will be locked to AT&T’s network.

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The Finnish manufacturer has announced that the smartphone will indeed get the Amber update by the end of September. So, this should make the Lumia 620 deal even sweeter.

In case you are wondering the hundred bucks get you a 3.8-inch ClearBlack LCD of WVGA resolution as well as two Krait CPU cores clocked at 1GHz, Adreno 305 GPU and 512 MB of RAM.

LG offerering INR 7K discount on Optimus G Pro

After Samsung and Sony, now LG has decided to try a buyback scheme to boost its smartphone sales in the country. The company has launched “The Best Exchange” offer for LG Optimus G Pro and is giving INR 7,000 discount on the best buy price of the smartphone if you trade-in your old smartphone.

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The company has also bundling one year extra warranty (zero interest EMIs as well) with every purchase made via this buyback offer to sweeten the deal.

LG Optimus G Pro costs INR 32,999 after the trade-in offer, which is a decent price given the specifications of the smartphone. According to an advert published by the company in leading dailies, all leading smartphones qualify for the trade-in offer but you can check your nearby retailer for more information on whether your old smartphone can be exchanged as a part of this offer.

Samsung to start shipping the Galaxy Note III in September

Samsung is eagerly preparing for its big Unpacked event on September 4 when the company is going to announce the Galaxy Note III and its latest generation smartwatch – the Galaxy Gear. There are many questions surrounding those devices, but SamMobile claims to have the answer to one of the most important – when will be able to actually buy them.

If the insider information is to be believed, we should expect the Samsung Galaxy Note III to be available for purchase in September. The company’s third-gen phablet is expected to start shipping in Week 36, which goes from September 2 to September 8. Actual market availability usually takes about a week after the units start leaving the factories, so mid-September seems like a a likely target.

As for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it’s going to hit store shelves in October or Week 40 to be specific (September 30 – October 6).

Furthermore, Samsung is believed to have dropped using 16GB of inbuilt storage for its high-end devices, meaning that the lowest memory that’ll ship in the Galaxy note III is going to be 32GB. We’ll find out more on September 4 at Samsung’s Unpacked 2 event.

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